“RAPTURE” (2022) Limited Edition photography series by artist Indira Cesarine, archival ink on sheer aluminum, dimensions variable.

Artist Statement
“For this series, I hand body painted the model/dancer ViKtory and created a double exposure in camera of her dancing with the light using the surreal technique of light painting which was invented by Man Ray in 1937. I have always been inspired by the powerful physique and movement of professional dancers, and in this series, I juxtaposed chiaroscurist nude portraits of ViKtory dancing with the light as a metaphor for woman as Mother Nature giving forth female energy as a creator of life. She becomes a personification of the power of women and nature, symbolizing femininity, growth, new life, and groundedness with the light almost like a lightning bolt from her body.

I painted a branch with leaves growing up her spine as a further representation of the dancer as Mother Nature. I often find myself returning to the visual language of flowers as a representation of women’s sexuality, as well as an emotional expression of love, forgiveness, sorrow, and hope.

“Rapture (1)” premiered in the “RAPTURE” Art4Equality benefit exhibit and auction in 2022 presented by The Untitled Space supporting the Coalition for the Homeless and works from the series were also featured this year at the White Wave gala at the Dumbo Dance Festival curated by Jessica Marinaro.

SeriesRAPTURE SERIESRolePhotography, Body PaintingYear2022FeaturingViKtoryMakeupIndira CesarineMediumPhotography, Archival Ink on AluminumDimensionsVariableEditionLimited EditionExhibitedArt4Equality exhibit and auction (2022), White Wave Gala (2023)Purchasewww.artsy.net

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